So, I’ve been thinking about this for a while and how Blue/Amber in particular tends to be susceptible to cults of personality. There are a couple articles about how the GOP has become a cult of Trump, and we see this in how they are acting. For example, the Democratic Governor of Kansas implemented many of the nationwide recommendations for social distancing, limiting public gatherings, etc, to help slow the spread of Covid-19. The Republican controlled state legislature, however, overrode the Governor and is now rolling back many of the CDC recommended actions that the Governor took. This is obviously not a rational decision they’ve done given it will almost certainly extend the time Covid-19 is in their state (especially rolling back the limiting of religious gatherings).
This is not something sane people do when faced with something that is life threatening. Yet the cognitive dissonance seems so great in the Republican party today (with only a very small set of exceptions, like Mitt Romney) that I can’t think of anything we can do to remove them from power through normal mechanisms until they can come to their senses. They clearly haven’t got a grasp on any sense of collective reality and have so fully eaten postmodernism that they seem perfectly okay living in a reality that is out of alignment with the actual evidence. Healthy democracy requires some degree of self-reflection and the ability to entertain ideas that aren’t our own, and that will never happen with the current state of the Republican party. It’s become “us vs. them.”
I suppose my question is, what do we do about Republicans? At this point, their lack of a grasp of collective reality is going to cost lives, and they are doing everything they can to cling to power (gerrymandering, things like in Kansas and Wisconsin designed to yank back power from Democratic governors, re-writing history / reality, etc). There seems to be a complete lack of self-reflection and their actions seem to purely be coming from defensiveness, which I’m guessing is unhealthy Blue and Red’s egocentrism. What’s worse is that this brand of ego-driven ethnocentrism is spreading like a virus to many other countries (Brazil and Turkey in particular). So, what do we do? What will actually work in the Integral landscape?